February 20, 2011 12:53 PM Subscribe
posted by jonesor (68 comments total)
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An unpublished United Kingdom Environment Agency research report apparently shows that plastic bags, which are banned in more than 25% of the world
may actually be less harmful than those made of cotton or paper."HDPE bags are, for each use, almost 200 times less damaging to the climate than cotton hold-alls favoured by environmentalists, and have less than one third of the CO2 emissions than paper bags which are given out by retailers such as Primark."
Plastic bags and their environmental effects have previously featured on Metafilter a couple